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Old 08-05-2012, 01:55 AM   #1
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I am planning on brewing NB's Caribou Slobber, and was wandering if anyone has any experience with this kit and additions to it. I would like to have a smooth, easy drinking beer in about a month or so. Thanks



 
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Old 08-05-2012, 02:07 AM   #2
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I was going to brew this tonite but had something come up and will try later this week. I plan on following the recipe as it's rated pretty high by users so I'm not going to vary anything.


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Old 08-05-2012, 02:58 PM   #3
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That's what I was thinking too

 
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Old 08-05-2012, 04:00 PM   #4
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Assuming you're a relatively new brewer, DON'T MESS WITH IT. Focus on process first. Then focus on process second. And thirdly, focus again on process.

Once you have a few brews under your belt, and you have some sense of what different ingredients actually do to a beer, then you should start tweaking established recipes. The Caribou Slobber kit is fantastic as is (I've made it myself). Without a good understanding of ingredients and how they effect a beer, you're more likely to make it worse if you modify it right now.

Just my opinion...

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Old 08-05-2012, 04:22 PM   #5
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Assuming you're a relatively new brewer, DON'T MESS WITH IT. Focus on process first. Then focus on process second. And thirdly, focus again on process.

Once you have a few brews under your belt, and you have some sense of what different ingredients actually do to a beer, then you should start tweaking established recipes. The Caribou Slobber kit is fantastic as is (I've made it myself). Without a good understanding of ingredients and how they effect a beer, you're more likely to make it worse if you modify it right now.

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Definitely agree on this one as well as any recipe when starting out. New brewers should stick to well established kits to get the process down. You wil then have the confidence to try new things later. It's not like this will be your only time brewing so follow the recipe exactly and enjoy.
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Old 08-05-2012, 05:55 PM   #6
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Definitely agree on this one as well as any recipe when starting out. New brewers should stick to well established kits to get the process down. You wil then have the confidence to try new things later. It's not like this will be your only time brewing so follow the recipe exactly and enjoy.
I've brewed one Midwest Supplies Irish Red Ale strictly to the instructions. Now I have a Austin Homebrew Double Chocolate Stout that I added a .5lb of lactose to during the last 5 minutes of the boil. Now I have a Pumpkin Ale that I'm tweaking by adding a few more spices to make it like pumpkin pie (the kit only included brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg).

Basically what I'm getting at is yes it's a great idea to follow the directions at first, but don't be afraid to experiment. I lurk here, Google what I don't know, and use a variety of consulting resources (i.e. books) to get an idea of what to use and how much. I feel as though I've learned much quicker since I'm not afraid to tweak, and I've already got my own from-scratch American Pale Ale recipe that I'm making soon with some spicy Hatch Chiles

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Old 08-05-2012, 07:11 PM   #7
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Either way, you still make beer! Confidence is all that's needed along with having no fears for making mistakes. It's surprising to me how forgiving making beer is. Sometimes you make mistakes and it comes out great and other times you do things perfectly well and s h i t happens!
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:30 AM   #8
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I have made two previous batches, the first was a wheat beer that I added orange zest and some coriander to. The second was a brown ale that I did per instructions. I guess a better question would have been : should I add anything to the kit, or is it fine just the way it is.

 
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:36 AM   #9
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It is awesome the way it is.

 
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Old 08-06-2012, 03:31 PM   #10
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it seems like its going to taste great. but mine is carbing up slowly. my brewers best kits seem to carb up in about 3 weeks.. the caribou slobber is at 4 weeks and only seems to be about 1/2 way carbed up. strange because i do everything the same. priming sugar, temp for carbing is around 75deg, i mix sugar well when bottling. i just dont understand why this kit is taking so long to carb, i mean its carbing.. just slowly.



 
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